World Youth Day

  • Parramatta’s streets fill with flags, palms, smiles and song

    Posted on 21 March 2016 Parramatta CBD came to a standstill as hundreds of Catholics from Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains filled the streets for the annual Palm Sunday procession. The procession commenced at Parramatta Town Hall with the blessing of palms and featured groups of young people...
  • More than $100,000 raised for WYD project in Philippines

    Posted on 22 February 2016 A rebuilding project on the earthquake-devastated island of Bohol in the Philippines was the focus of a fundraising dinner hosted by the Diocese of Parramatta on 19 February. More than 600 people filled the Grand Ballroom of the Westella Renaissance Reception House at Lidcombe....
  • Chris Lee’s Conviction to Curb Street Violence

    A violent altercation in the early hours of Easter Sunday in 2012 left Chris Lee blind in his left eye. The then 18-year-old was on a night out in Kings Cross, farewelling his roommate who was leaving to join the army (a path Chris had hoped to follow). The...
  • 350 Western Sydney Pilgrims to see Pope Francis

    Registrations have just opened, but there are already 350 young adults from Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains counting down to their International World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrimage. In 200 days, they will join 3,500 peers from Australia and in excess of one million pilgrims from around the world...
  • Invest in Young Catholics attending World Youth Day

    Our World Youth Day Group Leaders and Chaplains have been announced for our Diocese of Parramatta pilgrimages this year. We have gathered an incredible team of people to journey with us on pilgrimage to Kraków, Poland. It is now only three months till registration will close and more than...
  • Palm Sunday 2010 – World Youth Day

    On Palm Sunday this year, youth from all over the world commemorated the 25th international World Youth Day. In the Diocese of Parramatta, 30 young people from various migrant communities led the Palm Sunday procession from Prince Alfred Park, carrying flags of the world representing the many cultures in...